A Bloomsbury House & Garden
Firle, Sussex, England
I grew up in East Sussex, England. Charleston House represents to me all the Englishness that I admire ...freedom of thought, eccentricity and irreverence.
The story goes...Virgina Woolf recommends to her sister the painter, Vanessa Bell, her lover Duncan Grant, his lover David Garnett, their children and dog to move to this ordinary farmhouse in 1916.
From the moment the trio of lovers and their family moved in, the artists began decorating and turning the place into a place of domestic and sensuous beauty.
... over time, the famous Bloomsbury Group was born there, including the most pioneering artists, writers and thinkers of the twentieth century.
I love their anti - establishment approach and that arts and freedom of thought are the foundation to living.
A liberating experience.
As Dorothy Parker said: “they lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles".
Vanessa Bell’s bedroom & bathroom
English Wilderness in the Bloomsbury garden